Little House on the Prairie

Season 3 Episode 19

The Wisdom Of Solomon

8
Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Mar 07, 1977 on NBC
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9.1
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  • *Very special and cringe-inducing episode of LHOTP!* Todd Bridges (Willis from "Diff'rent Strokes") guest stars as a young Black boy who wants to go to school and is told he can't. Boarding at the Ingalls, he touches the family, especially

    7.0
    The issue of race comes to Walnut Grove and while there are some special moments here, there are also times when I wanted to jump out of my skin. Example: When Laura walks into the barn and sees Solomon (Todd Bridges, AKA Willis on "Diff'rent Strokes"), she rubs his skin to prove to herself that he is a "real-life Negro" (a phrase repeated by Laura in excruciating abundance). The saintliness of the Ingalls' family is a bit much regarding taking in a strange boy, regardless of color, but particularly given the times and environment, but anything is possible, of course. It's a strange episode: half-uncomfortable and half-interesting in a historical context.
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